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Mallya bought Tipu Sultan's sword

The 'mysterious buyer' of the legendary sword of Tipu Sultan at an auction in London [ Images ] in September last year was liquor baron Vijay Mallya [ Images ].

"I am that mysterious buyer," Mallya told a press conference in Bangalore as he unveiled the sword taken away after the British assault on Srirangapatnam on May 4, 1799 which saw the end of the 'Tiger of Mysore.'

Mallya said he bought the majestic sword at an auction from the descendants of Major General Baird, who was presented with it through the then army commander Lt General Harris more than 200 years ago.

The timing of Mallya's disclosure -- six months after he bought it -- coming as it does a few days before the elections in Karnataka , has not gone unnoticed.

Mallya, however, insists it was not done with an eye on the polls.

"This is not political. It is personal. This is not an election meeting. I brought it from London 15 days back," the working president of Janata Party said, adding he paid around Rs 1.5 crore from his personal funds to buy the sword.

Mallya said he would keep the sword in safe custody.

Describing the sword as a "unique piece of history," he said he bought it to restore the "rightful legacy" to Karnataka as he "is a proud Kannadiga."

The Sword of Tipu Sultan

The Sword of Tipu Sultan was a television serial that was first broadcast on the Doordarshan channel in India in the year 1990. Based on a novel by Bhagwan Gidwani, this serial was a portrayal of the life and times of Tipu Sultan, the erstwhile ruler of Srirangapatna. The serial faced lot of controversies that included a major fire accident that took place on the sets in the year 1989. The fire which took place in the city of Mysore, burnt down a major portion of the Premier Studios where the serial was being shot and claimed 62 lives.

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